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Alicia Keys

I love this song, Girl on Fire. They all mean something and they all came from something but Girl on Fire is definitely ill. It came from this interview that I did, I was reading it, and she said something like, she’s like a girl on fire. And I was like, uh, I love that. 

We were in the studio one day and I was working with Jeff Bhasker and Salaam Remi and I think you know I’ve been wanting to write this song called Girl on Fire  and I was like, what does girl on fire sound like?

Somehow we start kinda tossing around these ideas and thoughts and these different sounds come out and these different things come out and eventually we came to the chords that are Girl on Fire. And, um…I guess I’ll play the chord.

So the chords are like, pretty, you know… That ain’t the chord… There goes the chord… so you know, she’s just a girl and she’s on fire… so anyway that, those are the chords, right?  The CP70s are on it too.  It’s like a different kind of…. It’s a little bit of a twangier type of sound. Hotter than a fantasy…where is the damn chord again? Lonely like a highway…

We started going through all these crazy drums and there were like these loud and obnoxious, destructive drums   and I was like YES Girl on Fire is a loud and obnoxious and destructive and free, you know,  and I was like THAT’s what a girl on fire sounds like.

And then we just went into a room and I had a mic set up like over here. And it’s just flowing, it’s like one of these crazy moments that everything is just flowing, which like sometimes happens, sometimes doesn’t happen. But this moment, everything was just magic. We sat down on a couch and we just start writing some lyrics down.

And I’m like, she’s just a girl and she’s on fire, hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway. It’s just flowing, boom boomboom. And then we go in again, and I just sing it again from top to bottom. And I don’t know what happened but it was like an explosion of like magic fairy dust that came down and that’s basically what happens sometimes with songs but it’s very rare.

I just remember being in the bathroom, and I’m singing the song, and I’m like… and it’s just going around and around and around in my head. When I left the bathroom, my husband called me and I was like yoooo, and he was like what’s up. I said I think we just came up with something.

She’s just a girl and she’s on fire, hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway. She’s living in a world and it’s on fire, filled with catastrophe but she knows she can fly away. She’s got both feet on the ground and she’s burning it down. Got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down.

Now, what I’m going to ask myself is why did I choose to write this song so high. And I mean that’s probably was going to come up on some occasions  because I didn’t even get to the chorus yet and I’m asking myself, what made me write this song that high? So now you gonna have to wait for the chorus because we could have a disaster.

Source: nytimes.com

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